Sheriff's Office On Manhunt, Escapees Likely Looking For Money

10:40 PM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- Three days after two inmates escaped from the Guilford County Jail in High Point, what are investigators doing to find them?

Guards discovered Jose Hernandez and Jose Sid missing on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Colonel Randy Powers with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office told WFMY News 2 there's an active manhunt for the escapees.

Powers said they have people actively following up on every lead and following leads of their own.

But we wanted more detail into the steps they could be taking to track down Hernandez and Sid.

WFMY News 2's Lauren Melvin spoke with three private investigators, with decades of experience in law enforcement, who filled in the blanks.

The investigators shared educated guesses with us about what the Sheriff's Office is doing and what the escaped inmates could be doing.

According to private investigator Ed Cobbler, the Sheriff's Office is likely going through every piece of paperwork. Cobbler said they're probably looking at places they've lived, friends they've had, witnesses from court and any other hangouts they know of.

Cobbler said, at this point, they've most likely submitted all of the information they have to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a computerized database that delivers information to every law enforcement agency in the country.

He added that they're also probably keeping an eye on buses, planes and cars.

"We don't know that there's a vehicle involved, but in my opinion, they may try to steal one, because that's going to be much faster transportation." said Cobbler.

Private investigator Drew Cannady said the Sheriff has likely gotten federal marshals involved, assuming the inmates have crossed state lines.

Cannady added there's a good chance the Sheriff's Office is using translators to communicate with their communities because both men are Hispanic.

As for what Hernandez and Sid are doing, Cannady said they're likely limiting their contact with people who know them well, because they know that's who investigators are questioning.

If they're smart, they'd split up, but Cobbler said sometimes they feel more comfortable in numbers.

But whether they're together or apart, they're likely trying to find money to help them get as far away from High Point as they can.

"When you have an escaped inmate, if it's for a misdemeanor or a felony, to me, those people are desperate and they will do anything not to go back in. And so, I think you have to consider those people dangerous," said Cobbler.

All the investigators agreed they're likely trying to blend back in with Hispanic communities, possibly even get back to Mexico.

And in a situation like this, likely the only way they'll be caught is if they commit another crime or someone turns them in.

The Sheriff's Office said they're not even sure what the escaped inmates may be wearing. They left jump suits in their beds.

WFMY News 2

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